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'The Thing' Director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. May Return To Zack Snyder's 'Army Of The Dead'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 4, 2011 2:02 AM
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Filmmaker Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. is unknown to most audiences, and with good reason: his forthcoming version of “The Thing” is the commercials director’s first feature movie. But if the film becomes a hit in the way that he and Universal are hoping, he may soon entertain a variety of options for his follow-up, including one project he started on even before deciding to tackle “The Thing,” a zombie-themed science fiction film entitled “Army of the Dead.” Van Heijningen told The Playlist that he isn’t sure if that’s his next film, but indicated that the project actually was far into development before being shelved three years ago.

Zack Snyder Decides To Direct Afghan War Drama 'The Last Photograph' Himself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 8:03 AM
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Afghan war? Drama? Zack Snyder? Admittedly, something in there doesn't make sense but believe it or not, the man behind "300," "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" came up with an idea for just such a movie and with his regular collaborator Kurt Johnstad penning the script, they've had it in development for a while. Sergey Bodrov (”Mongol”) was originally attached to direct back in March 2009, and earlier this spring Niels Arden Oplev (”The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) had come on board but it looks like Snyder doesn't want to part with his baby any more.

Zack Snyder's Superman Film 'Man Of Steel' Moves To June 14, 2013

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 21, 2011 7:07 AM
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Something had to give, and right in the middle of Comic-Con no less! Warner Bros. has officially moved the Christopher Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder directed, Superman movie "Man of Steel" from December 2012 to June, 14, 2013. December 2012 is already stacked: Fox's "Life Of Pi," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Disney's "Lone Ranger" and perhaps more importantly, a competing WB film, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Michael Shannon Cast As General Zod In Zack Snyder's 'Superman' Now Officially Titled 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2011 8:41 AM
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We'll be goddamned if Zack Snyder isn't doing everything in his power to scrub the ugly, ugly memory of "Sucker Punch" out of our minds. He's got a world of expectation on his shoulders for the upcoming "Superman" reboot but with each casting announcement, we can't help but get more and more excited for the film.

'Hanna' Director Joe Wright Calls "Bullshit" On 'Sucker Punch's Faux Feminism

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2011 7:20 AM
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One of the many things that we took particular umbrage with in reviewing Zack Snyder’s unerringly nasty, totally boring “Sucker Punch,” was its horrible gender politics. Keep in mind that this is a movie in which a bunch of young girls, to escape the psychic and physical pain of getting regularly raped by a swarthy orderly, zap themselves into a make-believe fantasy world in which they wear next-to-nothing, engage in adolescent male videogame theatrics and take orders from a gruff older man (played, with some aplomb, by Scott Glenn).

Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

Zack Snyder Says 'Justice League' Film Will Be Separate From His 'Superman' & Nolan's 'Dark Knight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 9:56 AM
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Filmmaker Says Batman & Superman WILL Appear In New 'JLA' FilmNewly installed as the head of Warner Bros., Jeff Robinov has wasted no time in getting the studio's priorities straight for the next few years and they plan on diving head first into the comic properties they have, and no wonder. With Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" marking the end of a chapter (though he will produce the eventual reboot), WB already has "Green Lantern" hitting this summer, with "The Flash" and "Wonder Woman" films in development. But perhaps the biggest news to emerge in the last few days is that a "Justice League" movie is in the works to hit screens in 2013 -- just a year after Zack Snyder and Nolan bow their Superman and Batman films. It's an ambitious move with a lot of questions still to be answered. But Snyder has cleared up the biggest query around the film so far: it will be separate from the worlds he and Nolan will have created.

Amy Adams Is The New Lois Lane In 'Superman'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 27, 2011 7:15 AM
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After shacking up with Batman's brother in "The Fighter," Amy Adams is set to become Superman's dame. According to the L.A. Times, Zack Snyder has found his Lois Lane for the upcoming "Superman" project slated for a late 2012 release, and it's Oscar nominee Adams, who will step into the iconic workaholic high heels. If the rumors are to be believed (and not all of them are), Adams beat out less-pedigreed competition in Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams, Malin Ackerman, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Lindsay Lohan, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Abe Vigoda, Bristol Palin, Justin Bartha, Elizabeth Bathory, Ms. Pac-Man... rumors are rumors, we suppose.

Too Romantic? Bryan Singer Made 'Superman Returns' For The 'Devil Wears Prada' Crowd?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 25, 2011 8:15 AM
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Ahh, "Superman Returns," the prickly, uncomfortable thorn in the comic book movie geek's side. Far better than say, half of the 20th Century Fox films -- "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Ghost Rider" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- or half the super hero movies ever made including "Punisher," "Catwoman," "Jonah Hex," "Swamp Thing," "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," etc., etc. The film is admittedly uneven and somewhat unsatisfying, but there's something about its DNA that really riles up some particular comic book movie fans.

The Ladies Of 'Sucker Punch' On Its Girl Power & Other Revelations Of The Fantasy Action Behemoth

  • By Leah Zak
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  • March 25, 2011 5:48 AM
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Jena Malone Surprised WB Greenlit The Risky Film, Oscar Isaac Gives Details On Working With 'Mad Genius" Nichols Winding RefnZach Snyder's long gestating, high-concept, ladies-led fantasy project "Sucker Punch" -- one not based on any kind of pre-existing franchise or comic book, but very genre-blending -- has been reported on, speculated about and anticipated for ages, so now that it's finally arriving in theaters this weekend, we'll be curious to see if that interest translates at the box office. Will it turn into "Kick Ass," a beloved genre film that was ignored by mainstream audiences? Or will it turn out like "Watchmen," perhaps not the most successful comic-book adaptation of all time given its budget and the legalities surrounding it (a $107 million dollar domestic gross plus $185 million worldwide off a $130 million dollar budget, minus marketing and a very expensive lawsuit to boot which saw WB handing profit from the film over to Fox) but still, with DVD revenue, nothing to be ashamed of either.

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